Review: Conor Kelly and the Lost Treasure of Eirean

If you’ve read my bio, you know that it was Tolkien’s fantasy worlds that awakened my love of reading. It doesn’t surprise me that fantasy taps out on my laptop or lines my bookshelves. Now, with a grandson, I’m eager for him to experience that same spark. I want to awaken in him a love of fantasy. I have to wait a few years, but I found just the book.

61Y87-+53gL._UX250_If anyone follows Ali Isaac’s blog, you’ll know she’s the Guardian of Irish Mythology. In all likelihood, you’ve already discovered a magical portal into the world of Irish lore. She writes in such a way that my permeable boundary between what’s historical and fantastical further blurs; I’m swept up in the magical reality of old races and parallel worlds. Why not?

While on vacation, I read Isaac’s fabulous book: Conor Kelly and the Lost Treasure of Eirean. Her wealth of knowledge comes to life as she deftly weaves Irish mythology into Conor’sย story. It made me want to travel to Ireland, trespass in the ancient hills, grub around in every farm pasture, and sneak into the restricted areas of visitor centers in the dead of night. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait.

I get a rush of adrenaline when I read the first pages of what I know is going to be a great book, and this one is a wondrous journey on multiple levels. It follows the epic adventure of Conor Kelly, a disabled teenager with little control over his body and life. The unlikely hero is the perfect protagonist to save the magical Irish race of the Sidhe (The Tuatha de Dannan). He’s fearful, courageous, and full of self-doubt. He’s also the descendant of Lugh, an Irish hero, and magic flows through his veins.

Ali bookIn the magical parallel realm of the Sidhe, he’s tasked with finding the four treasures that will defeat the disgraced Sidhe-King, Bres, who seeks vengeance on his people and dominance over all mankind.ย To achieve his goal he must journey through the lands of legend and unlock that magic hidden in his blood.

Yet, that’s only part of the story as the world of the Sidhe is rife with danger, intrigue, and betrayal. To find the treasures, Conor must enter the sacred places, form alliances, and battle a fire-breathing dragon, a giant warrior, and the power-thirsty king.

Though Conor has the ability to speak telepathically and gains some use of his limbs in the fantastical world, his disability isn’t magically cured, and he must fight harder and with more determination than the average kid. Aside from the pure adventure of the quest, this book is a story about fortitude,ย learning to rely on and trust oneself. In achieving his goal, Conor uncovers hisย power andย comes into his own in spite of his disability.

In my opinion, Conor Kelly and the Lost Treasure of Eirean is appropriate for ages 12 and up, since there are some violent scenes toward the story’s end. The authentic Irish names are a challenge, but Isaac provides a People, Places and Pronunciation Guideย that is extremely helpful.

Conor Kelly and the Lost Treasure of Eireanย is the first book inย The Tir Na Nog Trilogy, but also works well as a stand-alone read (though why anyone would stop there is beyond me). Enjoy!

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50 thoughts on “Review: Conor Kelly and the Lost Treasure of Eirean

  1. I love Ali’s site and the mythic treasure chest she cultivates. I’ve got Conor’s adventures next on my TBR list–can’t wait!

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  2. macjam47 says:

    What a wonderful review, Diana. Ali’s blog always has a wealth of fantastic information, and I always leave having learned something new. Conor Kelly and the Lost Treasure of Eirean sounds intriguing, especially for teens. I am recommending this one to my grandsons.

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    • I love the way Ali’s site is both historical and magical. That lore is woven into the book, which was very cool. I think your grandsons will enjoy it! Yay. Thanks for the comment! Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚


  3. K'lee L. says:

    A great review, Diana. I’m not sure if you’ve mentioned previously or someone else did, but if you’ve not read, โ€˜The Iron Druid Chronicles’, you may just enjoy all eight (!) books as much as I did. The series was recommended to me by a former co-worker who actually considers himself a druid. The author, Kevin Hearne did a fantastic job with these books.

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  4. reocochran says:

    Ali Isaac has a lot of imagination and includes many of growing young people’s vision of strengths and overcoming adversity. This would be motivating along with captivating. Diana, you wrote a magnificent review with such warmth and including some tantalizing details, too. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. aishwarya148 says:

    That’s for the wonderful review! A good fantasy can decide your moods, your energies, your day! What would I not give for a good read…! I just finished reading the Shakespeare Secret, supposed to be a good fiction…though not fantasy, I was at least expecting some adrenaline rush but I was let down badly. But I pulled through anyways because I hate abandoning books midway no matter how bad they are! Your review may have helped me decide What to read next to uplift my reading spirits ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Check out Ali’s blog too. She has so much Irish mythology there that she weaves into her books. It makes them all the more richer reads. Generally, I read darker adult fantasy, but this was a delightful break ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the visit.

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  6. So glad you posted this. Ali is one of my favorite authors (guess who’s another one ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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  7. Annika Perry says:

    Having visited Ireland many times and falling for its nature and people I can well imagine the fantasy and folklore that this book draws on. Ali is a true expert – her passion visible on her blog. Your review captures the magical, mystical element brilliantly and already I want to read more about Conor and his battles. Diana, you had me laughing, wanting to, waiting (impatiently!) to teach your grandson the delights of Tolkien. ๐Ÿ˜€

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    • Like all little kids, the Overlord loves being read to and his books are full of magic. I want to support that leap to reading on his own. I think YA fantasy can do that. It did for me ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the comment, Annika. Yes, I will definitely tap into the magic over there – it’s on my bucket list!

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  8. adeleulnais says:

    A wonderful review thank you. I was going to buy this book yesterday but life got in the way lol. Today is a definite.

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  9. noelleg44 says:

    Great review and it’s in my TBR pile. You’ve just moved it closer to the top!

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  10. Sean P Carlin says:

    Sounds like the perfect book for Saint Patrick’s Day!

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  11. Sacha Black says:

    Yes, YES YES. I loved it too and I loved that Conor didn’t magically get cured too. Makes it so much more realistic and gritty and captivating. Fab review.

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  12. Ali Isaac says:

    Reblogged this on aliisaacstoryteller and commented:
    I’m very happy, because I just read this…
    Thank you, Diana! ๐Ÿ˜™

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  13. Ali Isaac says:

    Well you just made this old Indie author very happy! Thank you so much Diana… I think I’ll continue the joy and open a bottle of prosecco to celebrate!

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  14. Nurse Kelly says:

    Sounds magical – would love to visit Ireland someday. I will check out the author’s blog as well. Thanks for the review! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. amreade says:

    I am always amazed at the level of knowledge that goes into Ali’s blog posts, and I was thrilled to see such a wonderful review of her work. I’m always on the lookout for books my son will enjoy, and I think these may be just the ticket. Thanks!

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  16. Carrie Rubin says:

    Sounds like a great read. I love the setting of Ireland. I hope to visit there someday.

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  17. I know that feeling of excitement when you start a book you know is going to be great. I love that! In fact, I’ve closed many books three chapters in because I didn’t get that feeling…it’s like finding the perfect man. You have to start a lot of bad books before you find a good one!


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    • Ha ha ha. I haven’t heard that analogy before! All these funny thoughts are running through my head that I can’t post ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for visiting and making me laugh, Stephanie. Have a great day.


  18. thanks for the review!

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  19. Whoops! Just tweeted that without asking. Hope you don’t mind and too late if you do LOL

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